Trauma-informed care: raising trauma awareness for caregivers and the children’s/tamariki workforces
Tēnā koutou ko ngā mareikura, ko ngā whatukura mai i te Wehenga o ngā Rangi ki te Ao mārama nei,
Aroaro mai ki te kaupapa nui, hei paeroa mō ngā kanohi ora e heke tonu mai ana.
Kia mau pai ngā ringa ki te aka matua i herea o runga, o raro,
He whakapapa, he rauru, he oranga heke iho i te Wāhi Ngaro.
Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa, ka huri.
We greet you feminine and masculine guardians
Clearing the celestial pathways for those yet to arrive,
May the life-force be with us all.
Children/Tamariki come from many backgrounds. They are the face of their ancestors and will lead us all into the future. Children/Tamariki hold the hopes and dreams of their whānau, community and Aotearoa. They are at the centre of all that we do.
In 2015 the Minister of Social Development (MSD) established an Expert Advisory Panel with a mandate to determine how we improve the lives of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children/tamariki. The panel reviewed the current child care and protection system and developed principles and objectives for a future system for vulnerable children (Oranga Tamariki). The review included input from experts, caregivers, whānau and frontline staff and most importantly children/tamariki and young people whose lives this directly affects.
As part of this response, there was a recognised need for everyone working with children/tamariki to be aware of the impacts of trauma on the well-being of children/tamariki and their whānau.
This e-learning includes a series of three e-modules developed in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki and Werry Workforce Whāraurau. It is one of the Early Enhancements offered by Oranga Tamariki as part of the work to improve the lives of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most vulnerable children. The e-module series includes:
- Childhood trauma: impact on development & behaviour
- Trauma-informed care for caregivers
- Trauma-informed care for the children's workforce
These courses provide foundation learning and development for caregivers of children/tamariki and the children's workforce, e.g. social workers, police officers, school based workers such as counsellors, teachers, teacher-aides, RTLBs; people working in children’s teams, people working in public health roles, people working in community support roles, mental health workers: Everyone working with children/tamariki and their whānau to raise awareness of trauma-informed care within Aotearoa New Zealand.
‘Trauma-informed care’ describes a practice that aims to increase awareness about the trauma people who come into contact with public services have experienced. It is about:
- understanding the impact of trauma on behaviour
- ensuring that agencies working with children/tamariki and whānau minimise the potential to re-traumatise them,
- and addressing their trauma needs.
These modules are being piloted with the workforce and are subject to further revisions.
To access the course:
To access Module 2: Trauma-informed care for caregivers
HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) Assessment
HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) Assessment allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and other information to assist young people in their development.
Funded by The Ministry of Health as part of the Prime Ministers Youth Mental Health Initiative, Werry Workforce Whāraurau in collaboration with key agencies have developed the online eLearning module – Introduction to HEEADSSS. The short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework and other key information to support professionals working with young people.
The module is a three hour online resource design for professionals working in Primary Care - Target audiences include School Nurses, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Practice Nurses, General Practitioners, Primary Mental Health and AoD professionals and Social Workers. However, professionals working in other sectors will find the course of value.
Foundations in Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This is a new online education course for primary care practitioners and comprises of four modules:
- Ways to Support the Mental Health of Infants, Children and Adolescents
Each interactive module takes 2-3 hours to complete and can be undertaken in stages. CME-related certificates of completion are available for each module and completion of the entire course including a final quiz will result in the acquisition of knowledge at the primary level of Real Skills Plus, as well as a Werry Workforce Whāraurau certificate that can be used for performance reviews and job applications.
Co-Existing Problems (CEP) & Youth: E-learning resource for enhancing practice and service delivery
This is a new online education course designed to help workers in all areas of youth health, mental health and addiction, provide support to young people experiencing mental health and/or substance use difficulties in an integrated and holistic manner.
These courses provide an overview of current treatment recommendations for youth with co-existing (mental health and substance use) problems (or CEP) and present a practical guide for clinicians working with youth with CEP. It is written for primary care and specialist mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.
A certificate of achievement is available on completion of the entire course.
To access Werry Workforce eLearning courses:
- Go to www.goodfellowunit.org/werry
- Sign in or register
- Click on a course title